Origins is coming up soon. Less than a month, in fact. It's practically here! Among all the fine vendors that will be at the show will be Ares Games. They have quite a lot of special things in store for the show, including new releases that won't be available to the public yet, as well as letting you try out some games that won't be out until later in the year.
Galaxy Defenders fans will have first crack at Ares' two new expansions for the game. Operation Strikeback! and Extinction Protocol will be available at the booth, so you can pick those up. WWI more your style? That's fine. They will have the Fokker E.V, Nieuport Ni.28, Macchi M.5, and Hannover CL.IIIa for Wings of Glory. The age of sail more to your liking? The HMS Victory and USS Constitution can be purchased for Sails of Glory. Tolkien more your angle? You can get The Battle of the Five Armies.
Origins will also be a place you can try out a pair of new games that won't be released until Gen Con. If you're a big fan of pirates, then Jolly Roger might be your speed. Meant for 4-10 players, each of you plays as part of a pirate crew, each looking to snag the most booty from the others. Odyssey seats 2-5 players and takes you on the long journey after the Trojan War back home again to Greece. Of course, the gods have different plans, and certainly don't make the sailing easy.